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not think any true picture of equality in america alone is simply the picture of black and white america, although we think that is the most important historical lens through which to look at the quality, but there is the growing hispanic and latino communities. secondly, my gut tells me, my political instincts tell me that a relationship, a working relationship, between the hispanic community and the black community around issues is something that is good for us and good for the nation. that does not mean that there are not going to be some places where we disagree, where our views may not exactly meche, but it is important as we look at the quality -- where our views may not exactly mesh. what the hispanic quality index shows is a wider situation which is not quite as large as between whites and african-americans. all of the numbers that are available for black america and white america are not available for hispanic americans, so the index is not a perfect match, but it models the index that we have had for the last six or seven years when it comes to the relationship between black an
, and yet, we keep seeing signs of inching up more and more inside of black america. what do we do about those americans who are hardest by this recession? >> those figures are telling. you mentioned them, and we really need to step up to the plate, and so, providing some assistance, for example, for infrastructure, to make sure that those jobs are available. also, small businesses, to make sure that within the black community and beyond that money is available for small businesses. we have a lot to do, a lot to do, because the unemployment rate has stabilized, and jobs have gone up, but we have a long ways to go, because when you include people who have given up looking for work, the unemployment rate is even worse. you know, this administration inherited a terribly deep hole, the worst since the depression, and we have been trying to dig out of this whole. it is not going to happen overnight, but we have to keep building the foundation here, and i think this administration is determined to do it. it is often tough. there have been some tough votes here, but it took a lot because the ho
in america? >> we are playing with big space. i am playing in this game, too, and we are debating the future shape of the republican party, the kind of party it is going to be, and that involves whether or not we're going to take account of this health care problem, so i think there's a lot at stake and i understand why people feel strongly. i have no complaints. i think what we have to decide as republicans -- if someone has given you bad advice, get them out of the building, but maybe it is good advice, and i can make the case may be the vice i was offered was the right advice. >> what do you make of all the turmoil existing now in the republican party? they are calling for the ouster of michael steele, the parti's share -- party's chair. is happening on the right as you see it? >> let me talk about michael steele, who has made many steps in -- missteps. i will defend him. i think the republican party needs him. it need him as a voice and a symbol. we just had a sharp reminder of why that is so. gov. bob macdonald of virginia, someone who ran as a pragmatist, someone who is leaving behind
of the taxpayer dollars, we won't waste a single one. we are trying to be good stewards in our 2.2% of america, and best i can tell, folks here do appreciate that indiana is in a lot better shape than most states and you have to make common sense decisions to stay that way. tavis: what is the health care of this newly passed health c e karen depaucare on the state of indiana. >> i don't think it will be good for america, i think it will aggregate the worse problems of high cost and overconsumption of health care. our state will cost millions of dollars and lead to low-insureded and will lead to health care. i don't think it was a good conceived bill, and i am sorry they passed it. tavis: i will take from your comment that you are opposed from this legislation, i will take it that indiana was doing a good job to make sure that most hoosiers had health care? >> we were gaining on it, we have a program different than this national program, it's based on individual accounts that manage their own money and decisions. and totally protective. and it's very popular with the 50,000 people, the first
soldiers with paul rieckhoff, founder of veterans of america. also tonight, alex gibney is here. it is called "casino jack and the united states of money." that is coming out right now. >> there are so many things walmart is looking for to doing, like helping people live better. we are looking forward to helping people build strong communities. the best is yet to come. >> nationwide insurance proudly supports tavis smiley. nationwide insurance, working to improve the economic empowerment. >> nationwide is on your side. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. [captioning made possible by kcet public television] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- tavis: paul rieckhoff is the founder of the veterans of america which is holding let's second annual heroes' celebration tomorrow night. hero's celebration. i was stunned to read -- we know the economy is challenging everybbut i was shocked to lookt what veterans face, those who have served their country coming back home and their unemployment numbers are through the roo
into america. get jobs for young frarnse. get education for latinos. create a resolution where we fix our bridges and streets. you can still save money if you have taking that money out of these hopeless wars that can not be won the way they are being fought. tavis: i didn't know that we were going to engage in a conversation that goes around the king documentary. i'm glad you saw it, though. let me dig a little deeper and ask a couple of questions. as you can imagine, i received all kinds of email mostly from thanking us for having done the piece. are organizations like al qaeda -- have made diplomacy useless? whether or not organizations like al qaeda have made the notion of nonviolence altogether obsolete and useless. the point i'm getting at here is the kind of enemy we are dealing with today, we agree that martin luther king was not an absolute passvist. how they do their deeds. does that -- the very stoil in which they operate make diplomacy nonviolence absolutely use whether he is. >> i don't remember negotiating successfully with hitler. there are a lot of evil people in history.
was very big in europe, certainly big in latin america, certainly big in north america. his next final frontier would have been ace asia. he had a couple outposts. a few more years, the asians would become big victims. they were lucky and escaped. there were hundreds of people, if not thousands that knew madoff was a fraud. they need to be brought to justice. most of the perpetrators overseas will not be brought to justice and very few in north america will be brought to justice. i don't think the government has the resources to do this case and bring everybody to the bar of justice they need to. tavis: so when you suggest that persons who read your book as you have been touring around the country, understand the clear english, the clear language in which you right, that the s.e.c. should have understood if everyday folk can figure that out, do the victims, a tough question for some people to swallow, but do the victims here have any responsibility in knowing or having some idea that with a line that only goes straight up that something was wrong here, something was a little fishy here
are scared to death. i have been getting hundreds of e-mails from teachers across america, saying i'm afraid they're going to close the school or fire the staff. i'm terrified, all -- i just have to focus on testing and testing. i'm not doing what is right for the children. >> it teachers are told that they have to teach to the test as it were, what does a teacher do, get out of the book? >> what the teacher will learn is what the background of no child left behind. it was basically a failed policy. it turned our schools into testing factories. the scores go up and up and they're fraudulent in many cases and the children are told they're proficient and they get out of high school and they fail the entrance exams. the rates are unchanged and continuing to go up. the kids don't know reading and math. they don't know history and literature and foreign languages. they're not getting physical education in some places. everything is about the testing. it has narrowed the curriculum and brought about this teasting to the test culture and now teachers are told, if the kids don't learn, you're respon
but all across america. that's the first one. schools are the second. we've been making a lot of headway with innovative ways of approaching different models for schooling from public schools to private schools to charter schools. every kid has got to be able to live and third there is job creation. those three things won't be possible if the city government doesn't work well. we have to spend a fairly substantial amount of time working with the city government all of those things are hard. each one would be hard by themselves but when you to do them altogether it is a particular challenge but it is something i think the people of this city are up for. tavis: what do the numbers suggest to you in terms to have amount of people who have returned to the city post katrina? >> we lost a lot of people. it was heart wrenching to have our brothers and sisters all across the country. people have been slowly moving back. my sense of it now is that after five years, the people that were here before that have come back for the most part have set the level. now what is going to occur is people who a
of earth day a conversation about america's most precious natural resource, water. often overlooked in the discussion about environmental issues, the battle over water in this country has had a profound impact to our future. steven solomon is considered the al gore of this issue. he is out with a new book called "water: the epic struggle for wealth, power and civilization." also tonight i have some thoughts on the passing of two icons of the civil rights era. dorothy height and benjamin hooks. dorothy height passed away earlier this week at the age of 98. benjamin hooks led the naacp for 15 years during the trial of struggle for the civil rights in this country. last week he died at the age of 85. we're glad you can join us for this conversation with steven solomon on earth day 2010 and in remembering two civil rights giants coming up right now. >> there are so many things that wal-mart is looking forward to doing, like helping people live better, but mostly we're looking forward to helping build stronger communities and relationships because with your help, the best is yet to come.
happened in haiti, yet after 9/11, mayor giuliani was called the mayor of america of with how he handled the crisis. the president of haiti, your assessment for how he has handled it? >> i have a double attitude. he really did not rise to the occasion. he is no churchill. it is country was threatened and he came out once, went around on a motorcycle to survey the damage. he said, i have no place to sleep tonight. that was the beginning. then he disappeared. he has been a very weak leader. on the other hand, one of the problems is the perception that the only way to survive and haiti -- the only way to survive in haiti is to have a strong man liked duvalier. so i thanked a weak leader is not so bad at -- i think a weak leader is not so bad as long as behind the scenes he is doing something. i know that he is dealing with the outside donors and the u.n. and the u.s., but is he mastering the situation? we cannot know. tavis: since you mentioned at the foreign -- former president, he is in south africa, quoted in a number of news outlets as saying he would be happy to go back to haiti to pro
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